SPHERES MOSR Rendezvous and Docking with the OS (RDOS)

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,857.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX10CE21P
Agency Tracking Number:
094245
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
S5.04
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
9950 Wakeman Drive, Manassas, VA, 20110-2702
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
604717165
Principal Investigator:
Joseph Parrish
Principal Investigator
(617) 500-0248
jparrish@aurora.aero
Business Contact:
Scott Hart
Financial Analyst
(617) 500-0536
shart@aurora.aero
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
NASA's Mars Sample Return (MSR) mission involves many challenging operations. One of the highest-risk operations is the guidance of the Orbiting Sample (OS) into the capture mechanism on the MSR Orbiter/Earth Return Vehicle (ERV). Aurora Flight Sciences, and its research partner the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Space Systems Laboratory (SSL), propose to adapt and augment the Synchronized Position Hold Engage Reorient Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) Mars Orbiting Sample Retrieval MOSR testbed to incorporate optically-guided rendezvous and docking with the OS (RDOS). This additional functionality will extend the MOSR testbed's existing capabilities to further support MSR rendezvous and capture algorithm development. With these new capabilities, the MOSR RDOS system would extend the utility of the MOSR testbed from the "last meter" problem—focusing largely on the contact dynamics between the OS and the capture mechanism , but not addressing GN&C—to the "last several meters", which involve significant time-critical maneuvers by the chaser in order to ensure that the OS is captured and, most importantly, that the contact dynamics between OS and capture mechanism neither cause the OS to become dislodged from the capture mechanism nor cause any structural damage to the OS itself.

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